March 7, 2012
A rendering of what the renovated steam plant in Pinehurst may look like. The Village of Pinehurst received a $200,000 grant to help the owners of the Railhouse Brewery renovate the building. The Hayter Firm created the rendering.
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The village had obtained $400,000 in federal and state grants to help Aberdeen-based Railhouse Brewery renovate the 1895 building. But Wilkison said the village recently learned that Railhouse was unable to obtain the necessary funding for its part of the project.
The Aberdeen-based brewery was not able to secure financing, and the Village is looking for another potential brewpub for the old steam plant property.
Consultant Ian Colgan of the Development Concepts Inc. planning and development firm has been hired to study how best to develop the area known as Village Place, located between the village center and Rassie Wicker Park.
“We’re still excited about the opportunity to see the steam plant be put to good use,” Assistant Village Manager Natalie Dean said. “It’s going to be a plus for us to have another restaurant in the village to serve residents and visitors.”
The Pinehurst Village Council will speak with a consultant about how to develop a key 19-acre section of the village that has been nearly void of significant change for nearly a decade.